Examples of necropolis in a Sentence
Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.
an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died
Recent Examples of necropolis from the Web
Demining operations continue in some parts of the sprawling Palmyra complex, which includes a large necropolis and medieval-era citadel outside the old city walls.
A visit to this fascinating necropolis is an outdoor experience not to be missed.
The cemetery later became a national necropolis, and the ossuary contains the remains of some 23,000 unidentified soldiers from both world wars as well as French conflicts in Algeria and Indochina.
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With its -polis ending, meaning "city", a necropolis is a "city of the dead". Most of the famous necropolises of Egypt line the Nile River across from their cities. In ancient Greece and Rome, a necropolis would often line the road leading out of a city; in the 1940s a great Roman necropolis was discovered under the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica. Some more recent cemeteries especially deserve the name necropolis because they resemble cities of aboveground tombs, a necessity in low-lying areas such as New Orleans where a high water table prevents underground burial.
Origin and Etymology of necropolis
Late Latin, city of the dead, from Greek nekropolis, from nekr- + -polis -polis
First Known Use: 1819
NECROPOLIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of necropolis for English Language Learners
: a large cemetery especially of an ancient city
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